The Power of Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a creative method of generating a large volume of ideas free from criticism.  Brainstorming was developed in the 1940s by an advertising executive who was frustrated with his employees.  The employees were unable to individually develop ideas for advertising campaigns, but were successful during group sessions.  Brainstorming is now one of the most well-known tools for developing ideas in business.

It’s All About the People: Part II

It’s All About the People:There is no magic wand Part 2:  Becoming an Employer of Choice The recruiting strategies discussed in Part I of this two-part series have made a significant impact in the workplaces of our clients. For example, a mid-size company that had concerns attracting candidates asked for assistance. They also had a … Continued

Compliance Update: NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Update NY State has considered the many comments that were submitted in response to their proposed Sexual Harassment Prevention policy and training requirements, and posted their final model policy and training requirements.  They have back-tracked on their original requirement that the training of all current employees be completed by January 1,  2019 … Continued

Quiz Corner: Employee Advances

Is it okay to offer employees loans? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist & Onboarding Consultant Q:   An employee shared with his employer that his family is going through a hard financial situation. He indicated it was difficult to make ends meet. Is it OK to offer the employee a loan through an employee advance and … Continued

Demystifying Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a systematic, process-driven approach to business improvement, harnessing data and proven lean six sigma systems to maximize improvement value realization. Come join us as we breakdown this traditionally manufacturing-centric improvement model into its direct applications to the service and professional industries.

It’s All About the People

  It’s All About the People:  There Is No Magic Wand A Two Part Series Part I:  Strategic Recruiting The war for talent is paramount to most organizations today; it provides the only true competitive advantage. Fairly often business owners and managers ask, “Why can’t I find talented employees?”, or “What is the secret to … Continued

Quiz Corner: Working Under the Influence

Q: Are employees who come to work under the influence of an illegal substance covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? A: Under the ADA, employees who are currently engaged in illegal drug use are not considered qualified individuals with a disability. However, employees who are prescribed drugs to treat a condition are protected under … Continued

3 Strategies for Effective Communication

Strategies for More Effective Communication By Jessica Frittali, ESC HR Consultant “86% of corporate executives, employees, and educators say that ineffective communication is a big reason for failures in the workplace” – Sales Force Communication, as you can see from the statistic above, is a very important skill to master in the workplace. While we … Continued

Uniform Maintenance Pay

If an employer requires uniforms for an employee, they must either maintain the uniforms or pay the employee a uniform maintenance pay. (Maintaining required uniforms includes washing, ironing, dry cleaning, alterations, repair or any other maintenance necessary.) This pay is in addition to the employee’s agreed rate of pay.

Interview Best Practices

There is a right and a wrong way to get the information you need during the interview process. Test your knowledge by identifying if the following questions would be deemed appropriate to ask while interviewing a potential candidate.